The Benefits and Limitations of a House Extension Project
Do you love where you live but wish you had a little more space? Then you should seriously consider a house extension project.
Whether you’re looking to add a second storey or build an extra area out the back, an extension is a great way to create new space while improving your home’s functionality and liveability.
So, let’s have a look at the benefits of a home extension, as well as a few of the factors that can limit your extension project.
Benefits of a House Extension Project
- Extra space
The most common reason for an extension is the need for extra space. Maybe your family’s growing bigger and you need an extra bedroom or bathroom. Or maybe your family’s growing up and the kids need separate rooms. Or maybe you have an elderly relative moving in. Whatever the reason, an extension project will give you the extra room you need.
- Adds value to your home
A home extension is a great way to add value to your home. An extension will increase the square meterage by adding extra rooms and amenities, like bathrooms. You can also use an extension to make your home more energy efficient or update internal systems like heating and cooling. All of this will add value to your property and make it more appealing to prospective buyers if you’re considering selling.
- Update your home
An extension project provides the perfect opportunity to update your home. You can look to incorporate new technology or features into the extension area. Or you can take advantage of the construction work and update your heating and cooling system.
- No hassle of moving
While a home extension project can be stressful, once it’s done you still have the comfort and security of home. Moving house, on the other hand, can completely upend your family’s life. It can be especially hard for the kids if they have to move schools and leave friends behind. One of the major benefits of extending your home is that the disruption at home will only be temporary and your family doesn’t have to adjust to a new life somewhere else.
- Make it your own
Instead of starting over in a new home, you get to reinvent your existing home exactly how you want. You can add on the spaces that your family actually needs to create the perfect functional family home.
What will Limit your Home Extension?
While there are plenty of benefits to a home extension, there will be limits to what is possible. It’s worth considering these factors before going ahead with an extension project.
- Budget constraints
Obviously, the scale and scope of your home extension will be constrained by home much you can afford to spend. When it comes to home extension costs, bathrooms and kitchens will be the most expensive per square metre. Bathrooms and kitchens require more plumbing and electrical work than other rooms, as well as all the fittings and fixtures.
If you’re on a tight budget, adding on a larger living space can be more cost-effective than adding a new bathroom. Adding additional ground-floor space will also be cheaper than adding a second storey.
- Space constraints and layout
The size of your property will also affect the extent of the home extension. A ground-floor extension will likely cut into your backyard space, so you will need to work out how big to make the extension while still leaving enough yard space.
The layout or aspect of your block will also have an effect on your proposed extension. If your block is on a steep slope, this could add an extra degree of difficulty to an extension project. You should also consider the site access. If the area is difficult to access, this could significantly affect what kind of extension you can do.
- Building and planning permissions
Before starting any renovation or extension project, you will need to make sure you have the appropriate council planning permissions and building permits. These may place constraints on the size and placement of the extension. It’s important to understand the difference between building and planning permits and ensure you are applying for the right permit. Getting the wrong permits can set back your building schedule by months.
- Your existing home
An extension project will obviously need to be integrated with your existing home. Depending on the structure, this may place constraints on what you are able to do. Heritage listed properties, for example, will have a lot of constraints around how you can extend the structure. Additionally, some structures may not be suitable for adding a second storey.
Other practical considerations include whether demolition or excavation work are required and whether there are hazardous materials (such as asbestos) that need removing.
Before any extension or major renovation project, you should always consult an experienced and qualified extension builder.